On Monday, July 20, 2015, the mid-Atlantic states were alerted to the rising summer heat as temperatures in some parts of the East Coast as expected temperatures may brake 100 degrees Fahrenheit today. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning until 8:00 p.m. EST for areas of southern Maryland and Delaware, northeastern North Carolina, and central and eastern Virginia, including Richmond, the capital.
Forecasts show high temperatures for the day will be in the mid-90s, with a maximum heat index from 103 to 108 degrees. According to the heat advisory, the high temperatures for the day are expected between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The heat is expected to subside near dusk.
Currently, humidity in the Richmond metropolitan area is above 60 percent and is expected to rise throughout the day. Doppler radar indicated a system that could bring in up to 28 dBZs of humidity that is now moving northeast as it comes from central North Carolina.
People are told to use caution when working or being outside for a prolonged time during the afternoon and early evening hours. The risk of heat stroke for elder individuals today is high.
By Alex Lemieux
The Weather Channel: Richmond, Virginia
Weather Underground: Heat Advisory Statement
Weather Underground: Norfolk Radar NEXRAD Station AKQ
NOAA: Heat Advisory Statement
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